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2 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G case review: Seidio ACTIVE case

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Looking for the right case for your Android smartphone is not always as easy as it should be, especially when shopping online.  Getting to feel a case and seeing how it fits on your device is always an advantage when buying cases at a local store, so we'll be taking an in-depth look at the Seidio ACTIVE case for the Motorola Atrix 4G and how it holds up in terms of protection, functionality and overall comfort.  

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2 years ago

Sprint’s new Push-to-Talk Service launches Oct. 2

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Sprint Direct Connect -- that's the name of the new Push-to-Talk service coming from Sprint  next week (Oct. 2, to be exact), is bringing a lot of changes to Push-to-Talk as we know it today according to Paget Alves, president-Sprint Business.

“We’ve seen steadily increasing demand for faster data speeds, better and broader coverage, and more applications on push-to-talk devices. Sprint Direct Connect is designed to solve for all three.”

Sprint’s 3G data network will be used now instead for Push-to-Talk services instead of the aging iDEN system and while coverage support for Direct Connect won't be as broad at first, Sprint expects that by 2012 direct connect coverage will be almost three times the square miles covered by iDEN.

When it comes to compatible devices, Sprint has stated three new devices will be released in Q3 that are compatible with the new direct connect service. The Kyocera DuraMax and DuraCore will both be available but Sprint left out the other. We're guessing that's because they've not yet announce the previously outed Motorola Admiral, which should support the services as well. Full press release from Sprint is past the break for you all or you could just "chirp" Sprint for more details.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Xobni launches Smartr Contacts for Android - makes your address book smarter

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If you came to Android from the BlackBerry world then there is a good chance you've heard of the folks behind the newly released contact management app Smartr. Xobni, while having first made their app available on BlackBerry has now launched Smartr to the Android Market after a long beta and alpha testing phase.

Rather then just simply offering you another address book, Smartr organizes your address book and takes it to the next level by offering a solution of making sure the people you contact the most, are always at your fingertips. Contacts are no longer arranged alphabetically, your contacts are now ranked by how often you reach out to them -- bringing the most important to the top. In addition to the better organization, profiles can be completely filled out with a photo, job title, company details, email history, common contacts and info from social networks.

Acessing your Smartr contact information is easy as well, you have access to them from the home screen, via the main search bar, the widgets, or the Smartr app. If you're in need of a better contact management system for your device, give Smartr a look. Couple it with Smartr contacts for GMail and you have a pretty awesome solution for keeping your contacts organized. We're going to have a full review up soon but for now -- it's available in the Android Market for free and you'll find the download, press release and a video further explaining the services past the break.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Sandisk Memory Zone

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Better known for its microSD cards, Sandisk has released its own memory management application onto the Android Market. Whereas popular file management apps like Astro allow you to dive deep into the file system on your device, Sandisk aims to cast a wider net by linking into cloud storage services as well. 

The underlying intent is to assist you with backing up your device's contacts, photos, music, videos, documents and even apps to either your memory card, or to your Dropbox and Box.net accounts. It also works the other way allowing you to restore from these locations. You can set up your backups to occur automatically at different time intervals using the "Backup/Restore" function. This only allows you to utilise automatic backups over wifi by default, so you don't need to worry about gigabytes worth of data uploading in your pocket while you're sat on the bus. There is still an option to allow upload over cellular data though should you want it. 

The app also allows you to access your Picasa and Google Docs accounts. Through both of these services you can both upload to and download your content from the cloud to your device as well as deleting files from your cloud storage.

The app has a really nice looking UI, and splits all your files into type; music, images, videos, documents, and applications. If theres something specific you have in mind that you're trying to find, a little of the work is taken care of. 

It comes at the moment with the beta tag, but feels really polished and could well replace a number of memory management applications by combining so many services into one.  

Sandisk Memory Zone is available free in the Android Market. Download links and screenshots available after the break. 

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2 years ago

Firefox 7 for Android now available

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If you're a fan of the Firefox browser for Android, know that Firefox 7 is now available in the Android Market. Officially, the changelog is as follows:

  • Improved copy and paste: Copy any site content and paste to other applications, SMS, or text fields
  • Built-in language detection on first run
  • WebSockets API: Powerful tool for Web developers to build responsive Web apps and sites

The list of desktop changes is a bit longer, but rememeber that the mobile app is cut from the same cloth, and we're very much enjoying this accelerated release schedule. Download links are after the break.

More: Mozilla

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2 years ago

T-Mobile to iPhone faithful: How about a nice Android phone?

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This is probably one of those things that seemed like a good idea at the time. T-Mobile chief marketing officer Cole Brodman took to the company's blog this morning to address the persistent rumors (and cries) that the carrier will, should or never will get the iPhone.

The post, titled "About the iPhone - a Letter to T-Mobile Customers," begins:

We’ve heard from many customers who love their T-Mobile service, but are disappointed that we don’t carry the iPhone. To these customers, first, thank you for your business.  Please know that we think the iPhone is a great device and Apple knows that we’d like to add it to our line-up. Today, there are over a million T-Mobile customers using unlocked iPhones on our network. We are interested in offering all of our customers a no-compromise iPhone experience on our network.

Can't help but wonder how T-Mobile's vision of a "no-compromise iPhone experience" differs from Apple's. Obviously there's some sort of divide, otherwise we'd see an iPhone officially on Magenta already.

But no matter. Brodman and T-Mobile are more than happy to sell you an Android phone. He continues:

In the meantime, we continue to bring to market some of the most advanced, cutting-edge Android devices. Today, I had the chance to take the stage at the Mobilize event in San Francisco and introduce our fastest 4G smartphones ever, the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Amaze. We’re very confident that these Android smartphones rival or beat any smartphone out there in terms of functionality, speed, overall experience and features – including the iPhone.

Can't say we disagree -- we're pretty stoked about the HTC Amaze 4G and Galaxy S II -- but that's probably not going to do much to assuade the iPhone faithful. Hit the link below for the full post.

Source: T-Mobile

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2 years ago

500,000-member giveaway - Day 2!

We're back with Day 2 of our 500,000-member giveaway, celebrating the more than half-million members of the greatest Android community in the known history of the universe. (Or something like that.)

On tap today: We're giving away a free Bluetooth headset of your choice, courtesy of the Android Central Store. And coming later this week:

  • Wednesday: Win a spare battery for the smartphone of your choice
  • Thursday: Win one of five Android Central T-shirts
  • Friday: Win an IOU for the next Nexus phone

Here's where you enter!

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Pantech Breakout

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Verizon Wireless recently introduced to us the Pantech Breakout, an entry-level device of the 4G LTE market, and the price tag was set to intrigue. Well, it appears as though it did just that, and landed right in my hands, and many of you are probably wondering how the specs and performance compare to the price. So, without any further delay let's hit the break and take a quick look at the device, check out some more pictures, and a video walkthrough.

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2 years ago

Smartphone buyers chose Android twice as often as iOS in past 3 months

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As expected, the Android train keeps steamrolling along.  Nielsen's numbers for smartphone platform purchases in the past 90 days show users picking Android 56 percent of the time, which is twice as often as iOS, which is the closest competitor.  Apple's iOS numbers didn't drop below their overall market share, but everyone elses numbers sure did.  It's a clear trend -- people in love with their Apple products will keep buying them, while everyone else is slowly but surely shifting towards Android and away from everyone else.

Fans on both sides will twist these numbers into ammunition for the inevitable flame wars, but one thing is certain -- people like having choices.  If Apple finally gets the iPhone on the last two major carriers on the planet who don't have it yet, their number will probably grow.  And the new iPhone rumored to be coming in October may have an effect here as well.  In the end, everyone will get the phone they wanted to get anyway -- and that's really all that matters.  (Good thing 56 percent of them will be making the right choice!)

Source: Nielsen

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2 years ago

Another app we could do without: 'Is my son gay?'

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Here's how to flag an app as 'inappropriate' in the Android Market

We suppose it should be flattering that there's currently a  fairly massive Twitter campaign calling for Google -- and Android Central -- to remove the obviously offensive (and ridiculous) "Is my son gay?" app from the Android Market.

If only it were up to us.

Actually, we don't even like calling attention to this app -- or any of the other scores of offensive apps that are in the Android Market. That's one of the pitfalls of having a relatively open app ecosystem -- you have to take the bad with the good.

But that doesn't mean you have to like it, and petitions and Twitter campaigns are two great ways to let Google know you don't want apps like this in the Android Market. You can also flag an app as being inappropriate, and we recommend you do so. Here's how:

On your phone, go to the app in the Android Market. (Here's a link for you.) Scroll down, then tap "Flag as inappropriate." Then chose a reason.

Want to do more? AllOut.org has started a petition, seeking 10,000 signatures calling for the app to be removed. Here's a link to the petition.

And if you'd like to e-mail the developer of the "Is my son gay?" app, you can reach it at android-support@emmene-moi.com -- that's the e-mail address listed in the app's public market listing.

We're all for an open market. But we could all do without the hate.

Edit: Tweaked the headline to better reflect what we were trying to say - Phil

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